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Bio


About SCYSPI

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Bio


About SCYSPI

The South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is a program of the  South Carolina Department of Mental Health and the result of a collaborative effort with statewide community-based organizations, state and local agencies, academic institutions and many others who work together to reduce suicides in youth and young adults in South Carolina. You can find more information about this effort and its organizers here.

Disclaimer

This website was developed [in part] under a grant number J12011002015 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA, HHS. 

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Vision


Vision

Vision


Vision

Our vision is a South Carolina free of suicide in youth and young adults.   

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Mission


Mission

Mission


Mission

The mission of The South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is to help reduce the incidents of suicide, with the belief that suicide is largely preventable through greater access to information and resources.  

To achieve this mission, we seek out and involve community partners and have built a coalition focused on preventing suicide in youth and young adults.  The South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is not a licensed health care facility. We believe our role within the suicide prevention process works best when youth, young adults, survivors, those left behind by suicide and professional and community stakeholders work together to:

  • Understand cultural barriers associated with the topic of suicide prevention and grief support

  • Be open, respectful and inclusive to the diversity in all lived experiences

  • Provide access to information and resources

  • Instill hope and advocate for programs and services that enhance community awareness

  • Intervene and provide a space for those who are lonely, depressed, and suicidal or grieving the loss of someone by suicide to be heard

  • Embrace recovery and nonjudgmental listening as the means for communicating and connecting with those affected by suicide

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Coalitions


Coalitions + Partners

Coalitions


Coalitions + Partners

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Coalitions + Partners

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SCDMH

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s mission is to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses, providing outpatient services through a network of 17 community mental health centers and numerous clinics across the state and inpatient mental health care via three hospitals.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the nation's largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

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Contact


Contact

Contact


Contact

The South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative Center of Operations is located at:

2205 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201

For more information about SCYSPI, questions and resources please contact:

Alex Karydi, PhD
Program Director
803-896-4352
alexandra.karydi@scdmh.org